1. Deadly Proof #1
    Deadly Proof #1
    Rachel Dylan
    Bethany House / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Deadly Proof ~ Rachel Dylan
    January 16, 2018
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    When Kate Sullivan takes on a case against the big pharmaceutical company in regards to a cover up of a drug they produce, the drama begins. Kate hires private detective Landon James, former Army Ranger to help investigate the case, leading to more of a target towards Kate. The plot has a few twist and turns, however, if you read alot of suspense and mystery you might be able to figure out what is going to happen.....

    This is book one of the series and is a good subject to cover in today's world. I enjoyed the read as I like drama and mystery reads. It does keep you reading, however, not as suspenseful if you are used to a John Grisham read, but still a good read.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Bethany House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

  2. Phoenix, AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Top-notch Christian Legal Thriller!
    January 13, 2018
    Phoenix, AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Five stars aren't enough to show how exciting Rachel Dylan's new legal thriller is! This is much more exciting than mainstream fiction offers as the protagonist is a Christian with ethics one is hard-pressed to find in today's business world. The writing style, the breathtaking suspense, and characters whose vivid honesty is refreshing and makes the novel even more appealing.

    Kate Sullivan is a partner at the prosecutorial law firm she joined after three years of working as a defense attorney. She believes she is doing what she was meant to, defending the rights of those who don't otherwise have a voice. She has been named as lead counsel for a huge, multi-firm lawsuit against "MPC Mason Pharmaceutical Corporation with regards to its migraine drug, Celix, considered the cause for cancerous brain tumors that killed thousands while many more are suffering. It is believed that the pharmaceutical company knew about the deadly side effect before it was released.

    Ethan Black is a defense attorney who went to law school with Kate. He recently acquired MPCs account for the firm he is a partner at and is their attorney for the case. These two friends are now pitted against each other in a lawsuit that is going to call on everything within them to win. Kate is a Christian, and chooses to be honest and upright in her dealings. Not just because she doesn't want to get into trouble, but because it is who she is.

    When Kate meets Ellie Proctor, a senior Research and Development scientist at MPC, the woman is nervous. Very nervous, very paranoid that if she were seen with Kate that the consequences could be dire. She suggests that Kate request copies of testing documents not only for Celix but other drugs by MPC. Two days later, hours before Kate is scheduled to meet her on neutral ground, Ellie is killed in the parking garage of MPC, and the security tapes indicate a probable professional hit. Not a robbery gone bad, but a hit. Thus, Kate prepares for the trial of her life.

    Kate is the kind of hero I appreciate. She is intelligent, kind, wise, and hard-working. She is a woman of faith, yet one who has a secret from even her closest friends, one that I empathize with. This reader really wants to appreciate Ethan, as well, but can't quite get there, especially as the trial prep continues. The PI Kate hires for help on the case, Landon James, is in some ways a mystery man. When it comes to business, however, he goes above and beyond searching out leads and people, including bringing in security experts for her protection.

    The plot could be taken from today's headlines. It is written with skill, weaving in legal definitions and proceedings that readers may not be familiar with. Twists in the novel altered who looked guilty time and again, and this reader began to feel bad for Eric, as lead defense attorney. I did guess what MPC was trying to accomplish, but didn't know who the real bad guy/ gal might be - and it was a complete surprise who was - and wasn't - involved! I highly recommend this novel to those who enjoy suspense and legal thrillers with a Christian worldview, or even those who are seeking a "clean read" with a minimal violence.

    From a grateful heart: I won a copy of this novel by the author with no obligation to provide a review. This is my honest review.
  3. California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Suspenseful but clean
    December 30, 2017
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 4
    It's a new secret that I love to read and I enjoy reading suspenseful thrillers. What a don't like so much is a whole lot of foul language and unnecessary innuendo. So I looked forward to reading Rachel Dylan's first book in her Atlanta Justice series, Deadly Proof.

    Kate Sullivan is moving up and was chosen to be lead counsel in a case against a large pharmaceutical company coverup. She has a heart of gold and integrity that longs to achieve justice for those that have been wronged. However, her sense of right and wrong is really put to the test when she realizes the lengths that the company will go to achieve their success.

    As she learns more about her case, Kate's life is put into jeopardy and Landon James enters the picture to handle her security. As the case becomes more dangerous, Landon and Kate realize that their friendship is growing deeper as they spend more and more time together.

    There were some portions of the book that were a bit predictable, but I again, I appreciated the clean entertainment, the suspense, and the bit of romance.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Deadly Proof
    December 18, 2017
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Great book, would reccommend it to everyone to read. Good suspense.
  5. Texas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Inconsistent Characters and Plot
    December 3, 2017
    Andrea Cox
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    by Andrea Renee Cox

    When I saw the endorsement on the front cover of this book, I knew I wanted to read it. How could I not when it's touted to "rival a John Grisham novel"?

    I wish I had a bunch of positive things to say about this book, but I cannot pretend I enjoyed it. This is an extremely difficult review to write, because I dislike being negative about any author's hard work. I know how many hours and emotions and commitment go into writing a novel, and I appreciate the passion and effort and time that go into every book I read, even those that weren't a good fit for my reading taste.

    Warning: There are plot spoilers ahead.

    Not two chapters in, I was disappointed by the predictability of this story. That trend continued throughout, only truly surprising me twice in over 300 pages. The plot, which had great potential, seemed simplistic with not much suspense or action driving it.

    The inconsistencies in three of the four POV characters made them difficult to root for. I wasn't sure if Kate was a rookie lawyer or seasoned. She seemed to have earned a respectable and accomplished reputation, yet she was so naive, unpracticed, and emotional that it seemed like this was her first case. She also claimed to have depression, but there were no signs in her thoughts or actions to prove it. Ethan claimed to be leveraging his friendship with Kate to win the case, but he waffled on remaining her friend or using her throughout the entire book. Landon claimed to be most concerned about Kate's safety, but he was quick to relent on his normal security protocols when she asked him to. That behavior made me question whether or not he was actually an Army Ranger in his past. Those guys have to be decisive and in control, but the Landon I got to know throughout the story was weak and confused and not able to stand up to his client to do what was in her best interest where her safety was concerned.

    Nicole was the strongest of the four POV characters, and I don't have much complaint about her, except that she was barely given any page time for how strong a character she was. Were she the lead, I would have enjoyed this story much better, because she was a gal I could get behind and cheer for. She had strength and a great moral code, yet still had doubts about her abilities that she fought to overcome. Nicole was my favorite part of this book and the only completely positive aspect of it for me.

    Since this book has been compared to John Grisham's, his were what I weighed it against. This story fell flat for me, after having read over a dozen of Grisham's. Deadly Proof was predictable and had major inconsistencies. About half of the book was repeated information. For example, Landon had a conversation about security with Cooper, then in the very next scene, Landon conveyed the same information (nearly word for word) to Kate. This type of thing happened over and over again. Another thing that really bothered me was how slow the legal side of the story was. Eighty percent was focused on the discovery phase and the junk documents that were handed over. There were inconsistencies on who the client was. Most of the time, it was a class-action suit. On several occasions, though, Kate suddenly began talking about how her client was a single woman rather than the earlier stated masses. I understand they were beginning the bellwether trials with only one case in order to see if they could further pursue a class-action suit, but even after that was decided, Kate talked about her clients being both the entire group affected by the medication and the widow whose case was up first. Shouldn't she know which client or clients she was fighting for?

    Why didn't Kate ever include any of the other lawyers on the committee for which she wanted to be named lead counselor? I didn't understand why this committee was even necessary if Kate never intended to be a team player. That made her seem hypocritical, by the way, considering she demanded all her associates to be team players when she, in fact, was not one herself. What happened to the trial? There never was one. I still don't understand that, after having finished the book. Also, why was the bad guy willing to kill in the early chapters, then chose to use petty harassment throughout the rest of the book? It seemed like two different MOs to me, which made it appear like there were two different "enforcers," which I knew from the beginning was incorrect due to the predictability I already mentioned. It turned out to merely be another inconsistency.

    Due to all of the above, plus more, this book was hard for me to invest my emotions or time into. When compared to a Grisham novel, this book was significantly less complex and the characters drastically less developed. The overall presentation was belittling to the reader. An example is that several times supposedly intelligent characters asked really dumb questions simply to allow the lead to explain legal terms that anyone who had been on a jury, read a Grisham novel, or seen an episode of Law and Order would already know. Other times, legal terminology was used ad nauseam, which only served to make me feel talked down to rather than invited into the story. Why should I, the reader, be held at arm's length or even looked down upon simply because I haven't gone to law school? I've read enough legal thrillers and seen enough courtroom dramas to know what litigation, discovery, and bellwether trials are.

    Even the faith thread was weak to me. It seemed to only be drawn upon when characters were desperate, yet the characters were then able to solve their own problems without relying on God. I really struggled to understand how the faith was intertwined with the core of who the characters were or the problems they faced.

    As you can imagine, this book was a complete miss for me. I won't be continuing the series, and I'm not eager to attempt another Dylan book. I think I'll reread a few of my favorites of John Grisham's instead.

    That being said, I am more disappointed than anything about this book. It had an interesting back cover copy, an intriguing cover, and great endorsements. I was really looking forward to it and was hopeful about finding a new favorite legal suspense writer to follow. I'm always on the lookout for good quality books in that genre, because it is one I've enjoyed and been fascinated with since I was about twelve years old. That's why I wanted to give this one a try. I had no idea that I would come away from it feeling like I'd wasted my time. I guess I'm back on the hunt for more quality legal thrillers.

    I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, authors, and sites like Netgalley, Litfuse Publicity Group, and Blogging for Books. They do not require me to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
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